Friday, July 24, 2015

Stitchers - Fire in the Hole

The poorly-planned procedures and questionable decision making that has been a staple of the Stitchers program since it was introduced in the show's first episode nearly gets everyone in the lab killed when the group decides to stitch into a recently-deceased scientist carrying a deadly virus that their systems were unable to detect. Quarantined and cut-off from the outside world attempt to make peace with their circumstances while studying the scientist's final moments in hopes of discovering a cure. Far less tense than it should be, "Fire in the Hole" never sells us on the idea that any of the characters are in any real danger (even with the added number of lab stand-ins in the episode).

The bottle show takes place completely in the lab, largely ignores the ramifications of last week's cliffhanger proposal, sends Camille (Allison Scagliotti) crawling around air ducts and tunnels into a secure room that looks far less secure than what the script claims, and offers an underwhelming reveal to Kirsten (Emma Ishta) about Maggie (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) relationship to her stepfather, information the show had already let the audience on. The only new piece of information the near-death experience reveals is more about Cameron's (Kyle Harris) past and the story behind the surgical scar which Kirsten got a good look a couple of weeks back.

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